Rodeo Burger at The Blue Donkey in Stowe, Vermont

When it comes to burgers, this Donkey is serious

I seem to be in a summertime kind of mood this week, and writing about some of my favorite summer vacation destinations got me thinking about biking on the Stowe Recreation path in Vermont. This in turn reminded me that there’s a perfect antidote to all that healthy exercise and fresh air in the form of delicious made-to-order burgers at The Blue Donkey restaurant.

The Blue Donkey in Stowe, Vermont

In addition to biking, you can skate, walk, or (depending on the season) cross country ski or snowshoe right up to this casual spot, which sits right next to the path. And if all that hard work has you feeling faint with hunger, never fear – as the sign outside says, this is “high energy food” that you can watch being made to the accompaniment of a little Grateful Dead or Tommy Petty.

Making burgers at The Blue Donkey in Stowe, Vermont

We visited The Blue Donkey with our friends who were up from Delaware for the weekend, and it was the perfect place to relax together and let the kids play. I loved the casual vibe and kid-friendly outdoor seating. While we waited for our food, the boys amused themselves on the tire swing.

Tire swing at The Blue Donkey in Stowe, Vermont

Working up an appetite is a good idea; although it is possible that our eyes were bigger than our stomachs:

Lunch at The Blue Donkey in Stowe, Vermont

Hey, at least we biked to get there, right? And we followed up our lunch with a mean game of miniature golf at the course immediately next door. And frankly, the burgers were worth the calories – not only is the beef itself delicious but the toppings, which range from Vermont cheddar cheese to sautéed mushrooms and onions to hickory-smoked bacon, are top notch. Although I’m of the opinion that it may be the hand-cut fries and the onion rings that may be the best reason for making this a family dining destination.

Fried stuff at The Blue Donkey in Stowe, Vermont

The Blue Donkey is open year round, just installed a new bar where they will dish up local beers on tap to accompany their burgers, and also serves breakfast. I feel certain that we will be back to sample the buttermilk biscuits and sausage gravy at some point.

For Wanderfood Wednesday at Wanderlust and Lipstick. Hopefully someone over there is sharing a vegetarian post today to offset the artery-clogging effects of these photos.

Reader Responses

5 fellow travelers had this to say

  1. I love the shot of all the burgers on the table. Putting aside how good all the food looks, it looks like Scooby is about to slurp up everything on the table!

  2. I love the onion rings close up. Look so yummy. I bet they tasted yummy too. What did you dip the onion rings into? Did they give you a sauce?

  3. I think s’mores would be an excellent way to finish off a meal like this! :)

  4. We love the Blue Donkey! It may not be the healthiest re-fueling spot on the bike path, but it is certainly tasty.

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